Art of Overcoming Pain

Featuring speakers from Hospital for Special Surgery and more


Taking your clients from managing their pain to overcoming it.

Join us for this special pre-conference event designed to explore the necessity and importance of “overcoming pain”, as opposed to “managing pain” – a paradigm shift that allows for significantly better movement outcomes for clients and patients. 

Walk away with an understanding of how our brain creates the awareness of pain and how we react and behave based on this awareness. 

Conceived and coordinated by the PMA Board of Directors in collaboration with Hospital for Special Surgery faculty and invited guests, this first-ever presentation will empower Pilates teachers, Physical Therapists and other licensed healthcare professionals with a holistic approach to help their clients and patients overcome pain by focusing on the restoration of function and mobility.

Who this pre-con is for: 

  • Pilates Teachers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapists Assistants 
  • Licensed Healthcare Professionals 



  • Compare the role of the physician, physical therapist and Pilates teacher in providing care for patient in pain including appropriate referral to other members of the team
  • Compare how nociception influences acute pain versus chronic pain
  • Identify at least 2 of the central components of the biopsychosocial model of care
  • Demonstrate at least 2 communication techniques used to assist in the management of pain
  • Identify at least 2 modifications you would make to an exercise or Pilates program for an individual with central sensitization


What you will learn:

  • How pain may be triggered neurologically and psychologically
  • Effective strategies for working with chronic pain clients
  • How to identify pain manifestations in case studies
  • Recommended dialogue strategies for shared cases between Pilates and licensed healthcare professionals



When is it:

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the PMA conference
  • Timing 9:00am – 4:30pm (12:15pm – 1:45pm – lunch on own) 


How much does it cost:

  • $295 for PMA Members with Full Conference (available to current members that register for the full conference (not available with day passes))
  • $350 for PMA Members & Non Members (as stand alone or with day passes)


Continuing Education Credits:

  • 6 PMA CECs will be given for this pre-conference workshop
  • Hospital for Special Surgery is a New York State Education Department approved provider for physical therapy continuing education and has designated this program for 5.5 continuing education hours.
  • The FPTA has approved this program for 5.5 continuing education hours. Florida approval number: CE18-627117. Accreditation of this course does not necessarily imply the FPTA supports the views of these presenters or the sponsors.
  • This program has been approved for 4 CCU’s by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and therefore would be accepted by the physical therapy regulatory boards/agencies in certain U.S. jurisdictions. The physical therapy boards in the following states currently accept the FSBPT certification: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, District of Columbia, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, OR, PA, Puerto Rico, SC, TN, UT, VA, VT, WI and WY.
  • For a list of states pending PT CEU’s please scroll to the bottom of the page**


About Hospital for Special Surgery:


Hospital for Special Surgery is the most trusted educator in the field of orthopedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation, and their related disciplines.

Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health and has been ranked the #1 hospital for Orthopedics by U.S News & World Report for 8 consecutive years.  HSS is proud to continue an over century’s old tradition of educating colleagues in this field.  We offer professional education courses and content to physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, Pilates teachers, performance and wellness specialists, nurses, physician assistants and physicians.


Did you know?

  • Chronic pain impacts about 100 million adults in the U.S., more than those affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined.
  • Chronic Pain is the number one cause of long-term disability in the United States

Take a look at our Chronic Pain in Numbers Infographic for more statistics.


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** This program is pending approval for physical therapy continuing education credits in the following states: NJ, NV and TX.

The following states require continuing education units with no state specific approval: CT, IA, MA and WA.

If you do not see your state listed above and wish to petition for PT CEUs, please contact us.